ALPHABETS IN ART: C– Art in Colours

“When we consider colour to be a cohort of symbols, we discover a language by which we can identify what we need to maintain positive state health and wellbeing” Ray McKimm

Who discovered colours:

Ebers papyrus
Ebers Papyrus

The earliest documented list of colour used for diagnosis are records dating back to 1550 BC during the Nei Ching period.   The other is during Ancient Egyptians, the “Papyrus Ebers (c.1500 BC) is a document listing the Egyptian physician’s prescribed coloured minerals.





In 2018, ANU (Australian National University) Scientist had discovered the oldest colours in the geological record, 1.1 billion-year-old bright pink pigments extracted from rocks deep beneath the Sahara desert in Africa. These pigments came from marine black shales of Taoudeni Basin |in Mauritania, West Africa.

Colours of the World: 

Colours are efficient of carrying convoluted meanings in a single, simple visual cue. They are also consciously and collectively embraced as symbols, for team affiliation, cultural ceremonials, signs and signals. In turn, their use as a societal icon may further regulate the emotional connotation they express to individuals.

Colours of the World

Is colour just an illusion and only exists in the brain? 

Colours produce developing qualities that would not exist without them and enable us to perceive the world more accurately. Ongoing work on illusory colours will remain to offer an exciting portal into the complexities of the human visual system. The present understanding of the brain cannot expound all the things going on in this illusion. The complexity of the illusion insinuates that it is unlikely to result from a single unitary process but may symbolise an attempt by the brain to reconcile opposing signals from various specialized pathways.


arts in colour



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